This is the famous scene when Christine (played by Mary Philbin) unmasks the Phantom, Erik (played by Lon Chaney). This scene scared audiences so badly that, according to some old timers I talked to, there was a sharp increase in sales of replacement theater seats. No kidding!
Until lately, I have angered myself over people who submit their own versions of movies – e.g. the person who submitted their version of “Aelita, Queen Of Mars” or the person who submitted their home-made edits of Buster Keaton´s films (all of these so-called edits to be found elsewhere on the Internet Archives).
In my opinion, these so-called edits are all totally sub-par to the originals, and therefore should not be published in this library. Because at any rate, the goal of the Internet Archive is to conserve great movies for posterity.
But hey, what do I care about? Let these folks have their fun “editing” movies, or even submitting them to this same library. This is why I have not commented on them.
But now the very people who mutilate the great movies of the past do not only “edit” these, but submit their own so-called highlights of them. For example, see the 3-minute truncated versions of “White Zombie” and of “The Phantom Of The Opera” on the Internet Archives. These are no more or less than SPOILERS.
Don´t you people realize that it takes at least SOME time for people in 2007 to adjust to the mood of a film that was made over 75 or 80 years ago?
If you want to publish your own favourite highlights of a movie that you particularly like in just 3 minutes, you should submit your edits to YouTube – like anyone else does.
But please steer clear of the Internet Archives library – for its own integrity’s sake.